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HW and underfloor heating combined???

I like the idea, using heatpump technology, but every company/person I talk to has different advice often contradicting. Does anyone have experience with one HP doing both? Or anyone using 2 seperate HP's??? Would love to hear. For my situation, compact ...
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26 Apr 10 10:38 PM - By
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carpet offgassing

I am staying in a house that had carpet laid in January and is still offgassing and making me ill (respiratory symptoms, headache). I'm looking for solutions that quicken the offgassing eg would getting the carpet steam cleaned work? thanks.
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17 Jun 09 04:55 AM - By
17 Jun '09 04:55 AM
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Roof - Home Repair vs Home Improvement

We recently replaced our roof. Does this go under home repair (expense all in 1 yr) or is this a home improvement (depreciate over 39 years). We made no structural changes just took off and repaired/replaced the old shingles. THANKS! ...
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29 Mar 20 01:37 AM - By Haririne
29 Mar '20 01:37 AM
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Aerogel

Is aerogel insulation available in NZ? Has anyone used it in a domestic insulation situation? Any idea of cost? Having done a quick google, there were some reports back in early 2012 of the price about to plummet?
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08 Dec 12 07:19 PM - By Nikoftime
08 Dec '12 07:19 PM
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TC could you contact me?

HI TC YOu might remember i had a heat recovery unit installed by a local chch company. Just having a slight issue with the unit, and have not been able to get hold of the CHCH company to get it ...
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10 Jan 10 10:37 PM - By GregC
10 Jan '10 10:37 PM
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Free cob building courses - South Africa

We are a married couple living in Namaqualand, South Africa, in a small village living a natural, artistic lifestyle and building with cob, a centuries old building tradition. We are about to embark on a number of building projects around ...
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25 Apr 14 06:20 PM - By Juls
25 Apr '14 06:20 PM
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Dehumidifier recommendation needed

Mine in the shop is dead, contributing to a lot of issues. 500 square foot basement shop in the south. Very damp. Im thinking 30-50 pint continuous run with a drain outside. Set it and forget it. Been using old ones from ...
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18 Mar 20 09:54 PM - By LoraMoser69
18 Mar '20 09:54 PM
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taking off concrete slab to retrofit piped UFH

Hi there, so, this may be a bit of a crazy idea, but may bet not....: We have a house with a 100mm concrete slab with 665 HRC mesh 30mm from top and we would just love to put in ...
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21 Feb 20 03:56 PM - By vault
21 Feb '20 03:56 PM
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Magroc gone into liquidation?

I am considering SIPs panels for my build and was looking at using MagRoc but have been told they are in liquidation. Has anyone else heard this?
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09 Mar 20 11:33 AM - By sceptics
09 Mar '20 11:33 AM
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SIPs v Timber Frame

Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's) v Timber Frame When researching the pro's and con's of (Structurally Insulated Panels) SIP panels v timber frame, the information available is hugely biased in favour of the SIP's. Including the thermal efficiency, what are the other PRO's ...
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09 Mar 20 08:39 AM - By HBB
09 Mar '20 08:39 AM
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Passive House Ventilation

I have a question for the ventilation experts. I understand that a Passive house will have a highly efficient balanced heat recovery ventilation system. I think I understand the basic principle of how this ventilation system works Stale air is ...
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17 Sep 13 08:12 AM - By Karo
17 Sep '13 08:12 AM
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Eco Friendly Concrete Sealer ?

We got the concrete floor for our new house poured. There has been some pigments added to make it darker. We would like to use an 'healthy' sealer for the floor, but the information out there is rather 'light'. Some ...
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27 Feb 20 11:18 PM - By cleanallgroup
27 Feb '20 11:18 PM
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dangers of spray foam insulation

Anyone getting ill from homes, offices or schools insulated with polyurethane spray foam? In the U.S. many homes are not livable because the continued off gassing from the SPF. Please consider my petition for full disclosure of the ...
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24 Feb 20 01:27 PM - By HBB
24 Feb '20 01:27 PM
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CLT, NLT

I'm interested to hear about peoples experiences with #CLT. My company #Welstruct have just processed and supplied imported CLT to the Rangiora High St Apartment project (next to new Buyer King) and prior to that the Canterbury University von Haast ...
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21 Feb 20 08:40 AM - By JR1
21 Feb '20 08:40 AM
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Valuations for energy-efficient/passive homes

Can anyone comment on their experiences with building an energy-efficient or passive home and getting it valued in order to secure a home loan? Our valuation has come back a lot less than the contract cost to build. The reason being ...
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28 Jan 20 02:15 PM - By SBQ
28 Jan '20 02:15 PM
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wood burner efficiencies

I will need to replace my woodburner sometime over the next couple of years to something that is cleaner burning. As well as the woodburner which is a freestanding beast, I have an old fireplace which has been decommissioned, but ...
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04 Feb 20 01:01 PM - By Helga
04 Feb '20 01:01 PM
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wall insulation options

Hi, we are looking to build shortly, (titles came through this week) approx 210 sqm, and im wanting to put as much of the spare "upgrade" money into insulation as possible. Looking at the walls, im trying to get ...
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30 Jan 20 01:01 AM - By Chris Jackson
30 Jan '20 01:01 AM
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Recommendations please

Hi Guys, Looking to move from Australia to rural Auckland within next 12 months and like the idea of an Eco home. Have seen Fraemohs kitset homes which also appeal but believe they only offer the supply and construct service on ...
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21 Jan 20 08:22 PM - By JH
21 Jan '20 08:22 PM
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most efficient thin insulation to put on existing concrete slab

Hi everyone, I am trying to find out which floor insulation products provide the best insulation in relation to their thickness. I am for something we can put on an existing concrete slab and is maximally 2cm thick. The ...
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21 Jan 20 11:39 AM - By SBQ
21 Jan '20 11:39 AM
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owner/builder exemption

Hi, I'm looking at building my own home in the nelson region and have been a bit confused about building law. I understand some of the various rules but the one about not employing anyone on the build has got me a ...
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11 Jan 20 01:00 PM - By CJ!
11 Jan '20 01:00 PM
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Consent for Cob House

Hi Folks, I'm looking for information on small owner built cob houses in NZ and any advice on the resource consent processes involved. It seems most of the projects I come across are done without permits as the consent process is ...
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10 Jan 20 09:09 AM - By Robbing
10 Jan '20 09:09 AM
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Window Warranties

Hi, we're replacing our house lot of absolutely awful 1980s aluminum windows. I have had three quotes through for euro and US made UPVC and they're all out of our price range. So thermally broken aluminium it is. (Please don't ...
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15 Dec 19 01:02 PM - By Ameribuild
15 Dec '19 01:02 PM
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HWHP, worth it?

Hey all. Wondering if anyone here can offer some perspective on Hot Water Heat Pumps. We moved into an early 70s house about 18 months ago and have been steadily renovating. To date we've replaced the roof, insulated (almost everything we ...
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02 Dec 19 09:11 AM - By Heck
02 Dec '19 09:11 AM
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Wood gasification boiler

Is there anyone in this forum who is using an ATTACK wood gasification boiler for the central heating and warm water? Central Heating NZ in CHCH is the agent for this brand and it is made in Slovakia. We ...
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26 Nov 19 09:14 PM - By alinasao
26 Nov '19 09:14 PM
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How effective is Insulfluf v Batts

I have a two storey house built in 2002 - It has Insulfluf in the ceiling. Its still in good condition and nice and thick, but I cant find a lot of info on its effectiveness or insulation rating. How good is ...
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18 Nov 19 04:12 PM - By SBQ
18 Nov '19 04:12 PM
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